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Southern rail strike: Rail unions urged to stop 'pointless action'

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Image caption A six-day drivers' strike in January is expected to see no services on most routes

Rail unions involved in the long-running dispute over the role of guards on Southern trains have been urged to stop their "pointless action".

As RMT members continued a 72-hour walkout, which began on New Year's Eve, Govia Thameslink (GTR) said the "door remained open for productive talks".

A spokesman for Southern's parent firm said "the transfer to driver-controlled operation" had almost been completed.

The RMT union said its members remained "rock solid in defence of rail safety".

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Many services across the network have been cancelled during the latest three-day walkout with some routes having no trains at all.

Another strike lasting for six days and involving both the RMT and Aslef unions is set to begin on 9 January.

It will involve train drivers from both unions, with most routes not expected to have any services.

The train drivers' union Aslef is continuing with a ban on overtime, adding to the disruption.

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